By Eric Qualls
In case you didn't know, EA's NHL series is crazy good. So good, in fact, that its only competition decided to pack it in and not even release an Xbox 360 / PS3 version in 2010. Seems like a wise decision, because NHL 11 is even better than last year's already great game. It packs more features, better presentation, tighter gameplay, and is more accessible than ever before.
EA Sports MMA is a bit of a role reversal for Electronic Arts. Usually EA is the company with the big licenses, which make it the 800-pound gorilla every other publisher is chasing. Not so when it comes to mixed-martial-arts. THQ has the big license (UFC) and the established street cred, and EA is the scrappy newcomer trying to break into the genre. After spending several days with EA's offering, I think THQ had better watch its back. EA Sports MMA is the real deal.